Notice to Owners, Drivers and Crews

First of all welcome from LODBRS Safety and Tech.  (tech@lucasoildragboats.com). As we start the 2015 season, I will remind everyone that your input as to the rules and any corrections or additions, are needed and welcome.

Rule Changes for 2015:
Go to the Tech & Safety page for a quick reference of this years rule changes.

All:

Starting with the 2016 season, all classes will run a 1000’ course.

Check:
  Driver’s License / Physical expiration date, capsule dunk date and safety equipment recertification dates: Jackets, Blower Restraints, Seat Belts, (if due, you might consider a 6/7 point system) and Helmets.  Snell 2000 helmets are no longer approved.
 Please note that all drivers and boats  participating in any LODBRS, ADBA, CDBA, KDBA, SDBA or SLDBA event, regardless if the  association you belong to is affiliated with LODBRS or not, will have to be in compliance with all the rules contained in the 2015 LODBRS Rulebook.

Capsule Boats:
LODBRS will continue Capsule Recertification Program this season, along with sonic testing of cages. If you don’t have, or are missing a SFI sticker, let us know, and we will assist you in getting them.

Air Supply:
Check the expiration dates on your air bottle(s) - ‘VIP’ (visual inspection – due annually) and ‘DOT’ (hydrostatic insp. – due every five (5) years). Stage one (tank) and stage two (helmet) systems need to be inspected/rebuilt by a dive shop or mfg., every three years.

Capsule Floatation: 
12”x12”x1” = 4.5 lbs buoyancy. 12” of noodle = 10lbs of buoyancy. Contact tech@lucasdragboats.com or your Association Safety/Tech if you have questions.

Emergency Release Cables (Kasse type excepted):
It is recommended that a lanyard be attached from the front bracket to the cage.

Knee and Shin Protectors:
 Required in all Capsule boats.

Parachutes:
Several failures last year. The chutes need to be dry before packing. UV rays affect the lanyards strength, so avoid hanging in the sun. Chutes and lanyards should be washed (tie the lanyards so they don’t tangle) between races, especially after Phoenix races. Chutes should be stored in a mesh bag between races to avoid mildew.
A 1” diameter bushing with minimum 3/8” grade 8 hardware should be used for attaching.

Pingers: 
Check your pinger operation---wet your finger, hold over the sensor, and put to your ear. If operating properly, you will hear it pinging. The batteries have a 7 year shelf life. To test the battery, you need a tester that will put an 8 to 10 amp load on the battery. Anything below 6v fails the battery.
Starting in 2015 the pinger must be out of the capsule for testing at safety inspection. The boat number and battery mfg. date should be on the outside of the pinger case.

Pour – In Seats:
Check your seats…if the foam insert is cracked or crushed, replace it.

Pump Loaders, Props, Prop Shafts, and Prop Struts:
These need to be dye checked regularly. We experienced failures last year. Not only is your safety at stake but also that of your opponent and the race officials.

Rope Deflectors:
Review rule 8.22. The deflector should be 45 degrees, made of  ¾” OD x .049” wall thickness, or equivalent material, and be able to deflect the rope over the highest and widest point of the boat and equipment.

Rudder Stops: 
Consider putting stops on the rudder travel.  We had failures in the steering system, that allowed the bell crank(s) to over-center, locking the rudder in a full deflection, causing accidents.

Steering Shafts:
 It is recommended that the shaft be supported at the forward end of the cage, or at the front of the capsule shell.

Seat Belts:
 The mounting location of your belts is critical. Allowance has to be made for the Hans-Type device, both height and spread. The lap belts need to be mounted below the center of the pelvis. (look at where they are mounted in your car or truck)
  
There are downloads available on the website  www.lucasoildragboats.com  for Capsule, Boat and Driver Safety Inspection, and LODBRS Safety Inspection Sheet.

Generator and RV Generator Exhaust:
As our sport grows, so does the amount of RV’s and use of aux. generators. With more  racers and crews spending the night in the pits, it is time to address carbon monoxide emissions .It is recommended that the use of venturi type exhaust stacks be used. These can be purchased at RV Stores, or constructed. Contact tech@lucasoildragboats.com for plans.

Open Boat Kill Switch Lanyards:
The Lanyard should activate the kill switch anytime the driver’s posterior travels more than 18” from the sitting/ driving position. Check your lanyard and be aware that a ‘coiled type’ lanyard can stretch further than 18”, allowing the driver to be further in harms way.
   
 Holding Rope:
The Holding Rope will be marked as follows;
Red- indicates the outside and inside of the lane. Boats must wait outside of the lane until the holding area within the lane is clear. The inside red mark indicates the distance from the start barge a boat must maintain.
Yellow- indicates the center of the lane.

Kill Switch Lanyard

Kill Switch Lanyards are designed to activate the Kill Switch when the driver's posterior is more than 18" out of the seat. Check your lanyard length, be aware of, "Coil Type", lanyards, as they sometimes stretch and exceed the 18" distance required by rule.

Jet Boats

Pump Loaders need to be inspected on a regular basis. Ensure that Pop-Off valves operate as designed.

At the recent NJBA race in Bakersfield, a pump loader failed, forcing the stern of the boat out of the water, rendering the ratchet and relief valve useless. The boat was destroyed, the driver is ok, and safety equipment worked.

Investigation showed that the loader was constructed from mild steel and mig welded. Also the design had been altered and ground on. Note that a weld did not fail. The loader cracked on the right side on angle going from the 'grate' up to the mount.

PLEASE:  pull your loaders out and inspect them for cracks etc. The hi-frequency vibrations that occur, can lead to failure. A dye penetrate test kit would be the way to go on this. This is a voluntary inspection and is the responsibility of the owner/driver.


Questions? Contact tech@lucasoildragboats.com.

Steering Boxes

Check universal coupling for cracks, and the side mounts for security.

It has been brought to the  attention of LODBRS Safety/Tech that there has been a failure of the universal slip joint between the steering shaft and box. The failure was a crack on the slip hub part of the  universal, the crack opening up, under power (prop blast hitting rudder) and causing the splines to start "skipping" between the coupler and box. Fortunately the driver and boat were ok, but with the rudder moving around without driver input, caused 'some' concern.

It is desirable that you inspect your couplers, and dye check them.


Questions? Contact tech@lucasoildragboats.com.

Pump Loaders!

Another jet boat totaled and Driver injured. This is preventable

  1. a. Go to a welding supply and purchase a dye penetrate kit. They are easy to use, take little time, and will help you inspect your loader for cracks. Prop guys have been doing this for years. Do this between rounds 

Questions? Contact tech@lucasoildragboats.com.

 

Drain Plug Failure!

When is the last time you did maintenance on your drain plugs?

  1. Take plugs apart and clean and lube the screw parts – replace plug if corroded, stripped, or worn.
  2. Inspect the rubber and if cracked or worn, replace plug
  3. Remember that in most sponsons, the plug only goes thru a ¼" of material
  4. Instruct crew members to hold onto outside edge of plug, while installing/tightening
  5. Start using a check list at the in ramp

 

Licensed Classes

Driver's Check Your Expiration Dates

If your last physical is dated prior to 6/11/2010 your license will be expired prior to the first Wheatland event and possibly your first Divisional event. A Current physical is required to renew your license and must be on file with ALL Associations you race with as well

Safety Sheets

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Boats that do not conform to the Professional Classes listed in rule 3.1.1, will be assigned a class by the Race Director, based on performance.